Antigenic determinants reacting with rheumatoid factor: epitopes with different primary sequences share similar conformation.


Polyclonal or monoclonal human IgM rheumatoid factors (RF) react with eight antigenic sites on the CH3 IgG domain, four sites on CH2 and two on human beta 2-microglobulin. All 14 of these RF-reactive epitopes are linear 7-11 amino acid peptides with different primary sequence. We questioned whether RF reactivity with such a variety of epitopes showing no… (More)